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Flu season has hit, and with that comes some quesiness. You may not have known this, but vomiting can have some ill effects on your teeth, but there are a few steps you can take to nullify any effects throwing up may have.

When you vomit, the acids in your stomach can make their way to your mouth. These acids can be harder on your teeth and mouth than most others.

Your first reaction may be to brush it away, but we recommend that you avoid doing that, at least at first. Brushing does not remove this acid, rather it spreads it around all the more.

Instead, what you can do is take 1 tsp of baking soda and add it to some water. Swish this water around for a bit and spit it out. The baking soda and water should wash away the acids and keep your teeth better protected.

You may still brush, but even after swishing the baking soda and water, you should wait about 30 minutes before brushing. After that time, everything should be okay.

We here at Ultimate Smile Dental in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hope you find this advice to be helpful. If you ever need our help, you can come see our dentist, Dr. Robert Wagner. You just need to call 954-566-5428 to get in touch with us.